Village inside the big city

 
Overall experience (3 reviews)

Overall experience (3 reviews)

"Food was super good, we discovered some dishes we had never eaten before and we were taught how to wash our clothes by hands.I now miss Kigamboni and its generous people! "

"This area seems to be settled by ordinary Tanzanian people. It is a fascinating combination of village life and vibrant urban life. A positively different [experience] than one spent at hotel downtown Dar"  Read more reviews

 

COMMUNITY

Lively but relaxed suburbia of the capital city 

LIVELYHOOD

Various professions (baking, fishing, small shops)

FAMOUS FOR

Active community centre for youth
 

RELIGION

The village is mostly  Christian 

LANGUAGE

Swahili and basic English

TRAVELLERS

Likely to meet other foreigners

Scroll to see more pictures from  Kigamboni.


3 nIGHTS IN kigamboni village

120 EUR

ACCommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home,
    fan, mosquito nets and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Cooking and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (running a corner shop, making jewellery, fishing)

  • Following an acrobatic or art lesson at the community centre

  • Shopping trip to the local market

  • Meeting the savings group

6 nights IN kigamboni VILLAGE

220 EUR

accommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home,
    fan, mosquito nets and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Cooking and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (running a corner shop, making jewellery, fishing)

  • Following an acrobatic or art lesson at the community centre

  • Shopping trip to the local market 

  • Meeting the savings group

  • Swimming trip to the nearby beach

  • Playing a local game with your host family

  • Visiting the community centre's shelter for orphans

DUARA CONTACT: rashid

Rashid is your responsible English-speaking contact person in Kigamboni. He makes sure there is someone to meet you and introduce you to your host family. You can contact Rashid in case you have questions before or during your stay.

I have been working with Kigamboni Community Centre since 2006. We are enhancing social and economic development through sharing knowledge, creativity and skills. My passion is changing the community towards a better living standard.”

Are you hesitating to book directly? Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: elina@duaratravels.com

Are you hesitating to book directly? Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: elina@duaratravels.com


HOW TO GET THERE

Take a ferry to Kigamboni from Kivukoni Front, Dar es Salaam. It operates daily from morning to night. Rashid organizes someone to meet you in the harbor and take you all the way to the host family.

The ferry carries cars, in case you want to take a taxi the whole way from downtown Dar es Salaam.

 

OTHER things to do near kigamboni

Take the ferry early in the morning to visit the enormous fish market in the harbor.

If you are travelling with your children visit The Fun City water park, it's a great family destination. 

Ask your hosts or Rashid to help you with a snorkling trip. 

 


traveller RATINGS:

Communication with the local contact:

Hospitality of the host family:
 

Sense of the security in the village:

Facilities in the house you were staying at:


traveller REVIEWS

kigamboni_zita.png

Zita, France
MARCH 2017

"I am a teacher at Aalto University and stayed four nights in Kigamboni with two other students at one host family's home. When 4 other students were distributed to two other families. The stay with our host, Mama Hariet gave us yet another perspective on how people live in Tanzania and Dar es Salaam more specifically. Food was super good, we discovered some dishes we had never eaten before, we were taught how to wash our clothes by hand, got invited to Mama Hariet's sister and brother for dinner and drinks. All in all we felt like we made some great new friends, the feeling of belonging growing alongside! I now miss Kigamboni and its generous people! This last journey was probably my best so far (7 times in DSM since 2013). Thank you Duara for enabling rich encounters, Rashid for your help and Mama Hariet for your home!"

 
kigamboni_eric.png

ERIC, FINLAND
MARCH 2017

"I had a great time at Mama Kevin's house in Kigamboni. It felt like an authentic peek into the life of the inhabitants of the area. It was also great to meet students and other residents who happened to visit our house and everyone seemed glad to meet us mzungus. The facilities were perfect for our needs and the food was great! Thanks."

 
kigamboni_mikko.png

Mikko, FINLAND
MARCH 2017

"I stayed in Kigamboni with my colleague. This area, less than 1 h from Dar El Salaam  seems to be settled by ordinary Tanzanian people. It is a fascinating combination of village life and vibrant urban life. We stayed  in a tin-roofed house lived by a family of two grown-up son living home with a relax lone-Mama. The day was hot some 35 C, which has made my room so hot that I was a challenge to calm down into sleep, no matter there was a fan and a mosquito net, both which I used. 

Osman 25, who was our contact person in the family, chat with us with great diplomacy, passion and good curiosity until late night. Philosophic discussion over dinner in bright Tanzania night is what me and my colleague will always remember. Before sunset Kigamboni cultural center (KCC) provided spectacular programme -  acrobatics, dance and drama. Dinner was at 21 and breakfast at 9 in the morning. Maybe family could provide some snacks in between. We left for the nearby beaches after breakfast and Osman gave us guidance. A positively different day from one spent at hotel downtown Dar. :)"


THE VILLAGE SAVINGS GROUP

One share of your payment goes to a local savings group. In Kigamboni it goes to a Village Community Bank, whose members are mostly women and save money together to give each other micro loans to sustain small businesses in the village.